Showing at the Museum of Ventura County at 7:00 PM on Thursday April 23 will be the Oscar nominated movie Last Days in Vietnam. This is a documentary about events in April 1975. The North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place. With the clock ticking, 135,000 South Vietnamese managed to escape with the help of a number of heroic Americans who took matters into their own hands. The museum is at 100 E. Main Street in downtown Ventura. There will be a food truck available at 6:00 PM and the movie will be followed by a Q and A session with producer Kevin McAlester.
If you want to come extra early, the museum is also presenting an exhibit called “We Remember: Ventura County to Vietnam and Back,” honoring Ventura County military persons who lost their lives in that war. It is a touching and informative display about the Vietnam years. The Museum of Ventura County is open Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM with fees of $5 adult, $3 students and seniors and $1 children 6-17 years.